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Holiday pay state of flux – survey results are in…

A big thank you to everyone who took part in our holiday pay survey. The results are in and make for interesting reading!

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The Court of Appeal highlights the importance of getting a disciplinary sanction right the first time

This week, the Court of Appeal in McMillan v Airedale NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust) addressed the question of whether an employer is able to increase the severity of a disciplinary sanction as part of its appeal process. In this case, the Court held that the Trust did not have the power to increase a sanction from a written warning …

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Obesity – is it a weighty problem for employers?

One quarter of the adult population is now classed as obese and it is predicted that half of all adults could be obese by the middle of the century. With this in mind, should obesity be regarded as a disability under the Equality Act 2010 (Eq A) alongside the other protected characteristics such as sex, race, sexual orientation, religion and …

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Picking, mixing and counting the cost of Woolworths to all of us

Recent responses to parliamentary questions show the total cost to the taxpayer of the Woolworths administration was £59,207,942.40. These costs arose as Woolworths became unable to pay accrued salary and notice, so the taxpayer stepped in to pick up the cost. The cost impact of the Woolworths decision has also been quantified at over £18million to the tax payer.

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Benefits of a diverse workforce: Culture v process

Employment partner Kevin Jaquiss shared his thoughts about homeworking a few weeks ago. As his recovery from his accident continues, he reflects here on a new perspective on discrimination.

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Criminal convictions and recruitment – part two

In part 1 of this blog we looked at how criminal convictions impact on routine recruitment processes.

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Criminal convictions and recruitment – part one

As part of their recruitment process many employers want to know if candidates have any criminal convictions. What are they entitled to ask and be told?

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Pre-termination negotiations: One year on

Since 29 July 2013 employers have been able to engage in confidential, frank discussions with employees concerning exit negotiations and parting ways on mutually agreeable terms. These ‘protected conversations’ attract a degree of privilege and subject to certain exceptions, are inadmissible in unfair dismissal proceedings before the employment tribunals.

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Focus on Russia: Equality issues remain an enigma

The Russian labour market remains in a period of uncertainty following the global financial crisis and the political and economic instability affected by the Ukrainian crisis.Capital flight within the first three months of 2014 was approximately 60 million USD while the Russian stock market contracted by around 20%. This capital flight has been significantly more concerning since growth within the …

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Social justice for workers key focus in Brazil

Brazilian labour rights have been brought into sharp focus once again by the 2014 World Cup. The Brazilian construction industry has been the most obvious player demonstrating the problematic nature of employer-employee relations.

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Part two holiday pay state of flux: Steps to take in the meantime

Holiday pay calculations burst into public awareness last year after certain retailers paid out significant sums for historic holiday back pay. This led others to question whether they have similarly large liabilities lurking…

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LLP members and pensions auto-enrolment – reducing risk and protecting rights

The recent Supreme Court ruling in Clyde & Co LLP and another v Winklehof  held that LLP members were “workers” for the purposes of whistleblowing protection and whilst the decision represents a significant development in the area of employment and partnership law it also means that LLP members now have the benefit of part-time worker, national minimum wage, working time …

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